Asia in Focus is a peer-reviewed journal published online twice a year by NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. NIAS is a Nordic research and service institute focusing on Asia’s modern transformations. The focal point of the journal is the modern Asian societies viewed from the standpoints of social sciences and humanities. The geographical focus is the Asian countries from Central Asia to Oceania excluding Australia and New Zealand. 

Asia in Focus was initiated by NIAS to provide Master and PhD students with a widely accessible and transnational forum to publish their findings. The journal accepts submissions (academic articles, academic essays, book reviews) to students from all European institutions of higher education.

We publish manuscripts of a high academic level that are written in a concise, focused and readable form. Asia in Focus currently ranks Level 1 in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.

NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Øster Farimagsgade 5
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

ISSN: 2446-0001


Inga-Lill Blomkvist 
NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Editorial Committee

Nicol Foulkes Savinetti, Managing Editor (on maternity leave)

NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Zoran Lee Pecic
Roskilde University & University of Copenhagen

Liu Xin
University of Helsinki

Bonn Juego
University of Jyväskylä

Kenneth Bo Nielsen
University of Bergen